I was disappointed.
After what seemed an interminable length of time considering my YA fantasy ‘Kingdom Of The Nanosaurs’, my old publisher finally passed.
The reason still perplexes me but I guess rejection perplexes many authors who believe they have written something really worthwhile and publishable.
HarperCollins had asked to make some revisions to an original submission. This took months but I enjoyed it: the one consolation in this whole process is that I have never lost my love of writing.
‘Your concept is 9+ but your writing is teen.’ was the considered response and the reason for rejection. I can’t say I totally agree. The difficulty with the typical three chapter submission is that the publisher has no idea how the story pans out but, given the
The concept of the trilogy ‘The Kingdoms Of Time And Space’ (of which this was the first book) is almost adult SF/fantasy with a 15-year old protagonist (which HC loved, by the way).
The trilogy contains some complex ideas and concepts more akin to ‘His Dark Materials’ or ‘Mortal Engines’ rather than ‘The Hobbit’.
So it seems to me that categorising 9+ or 7-12 or 12+ is tricky. There has to be some yardstick by which to measure reading ability and suitability but it does vary tremendously. Another publisher might not take HC’s view. I doubt if there is some kind of language litmus test (except for the very young reader) that defines a concept as 9+.
It is down to personal opinion and this time it didn’t go my way.
Sour grapes? Well, yes, to degree. Writers get used to disappointment. If you can’t stand the heat get out of kitchen, as they say.
Still, it is Christmas so to all my followers, whether you buy into the story of Christmas or it is alien to you remember, goodwill, generosity and compassion come free with the human spirit.
All you have to do is find yours.